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24. Hugo

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Richard Griffiths, Ray Winstone, Michael Stuhlbarg
Release Date: November 23
Why we’re excited: Martin Scorsese definitely has the carte blanche to do whatever the hell he pleases, but a kids’ movie? It’d be dishonest if we didn’t admit to wishing he’d dabble in psychological thrillers (like last year’s terrific Shutter Island) some more, or maybe shoot one of his epic gangster films in black-and-white just to call it “a change of pace.” Instead, he’s not only catering to the children’s ward, he’s also hopping onto the 3D bandwagon. What to think of cinema’s best living filmmaker?

We can’t call it just yet. On the page, Hugo, Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, boasts a magical plot, about a pre-teen orphan (Asa Butterfield) living in 1930s Paris who inherits a robot from his deceased pops; and the cast, which includes Let Me In’s gifted youngster Chloe Moretz, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen, is typically grand for a Scorsese picture.

The problem, as of now, lies in the film’s trailer; showing off pratfalls and a hokey, whimsical tone that’d be more at home in the next Diary Of A Wimpy Kid sequel, Hugo’s initial look doesn’t exactly instill confidence. But, again, the man responsible for Hugo is Martin Scorsese—it has to be good. Right?

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